Both, to a Point

by Camilla Jean Welsch

A formerly hostile neighbor
waved to me
because now I am sort of her friend.
Funny thing, that,
how things can change
when you smile and laugh a lot,
and aren’t afraid to share what other people just won’t
because you somehow got close
and struck on a note of humanness.

A currently hostile neighbor
postured at me,
feeling confident
because she was wearing a small black dress
and had turned her hair color from beige to red,
a power front.
Funny thing, that,
how things won’t change
when you frown and avert eyes
and try to get in and out of each other’s way,
because if you think you’ll be friends?
Well, you just won’t.
And a lot goes unsaid and unknown
because you’re two too different humans
at your cores.

And both these scenarios are true, to a point.

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